The Abyssinian Black Wheatear was recently removed from the thrush family and placed into the Old World flycatcher & chat family.
The abyssinian wheatear feeds mainly on ants. Takes also beetles, grasshoppers, butterflies and other insects. Undertakes bound-and-grab manoeuvres to catch prey, also sallying in air after flying insects and by flying down onto prey from low perch. Breeding October to July in Kenya (with a possible peak in March). Double-brooded. The nest is a loose flat cup made by dry grass, stems and roots. It's placed in a hole deep in the rock, a cliff, a bank or a wall, also in rodent hole. Lays 1 to 3 eggs.